The U.S. Department of Education put together a two-day Bullying Prevention Summitin Washington D.C. to make sure anti-bullying efforts are based on the best available research and catapult bullying firmly into the national conversation. “It’s not acceptable and it’s not a rite of passage,” said Valerie Jarett, White House senior advisor, who was one of the panelists at the summit. Two of the keys consistently mentioned to stopping bullying and cyber bullying were the idea of empowering bystanders and using technological approaches to snuff it out.
Cynthia Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga’s mom, was also on the panel, talking about her daughter’s experiences with bullying. “Empirical evidence shows bystanders can stop and prevent bullying,” said Germanotta, “You have to be kind and brave.”
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